Pacific Strong: surova slovanska sila

Posted: 04/10/2011 in Splošno, Vadba
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Dragi bralci, preljube bralke,

po krajšem oddihu v domačih krajih, od koder sem se vrnil z zvrhano košarico dobrot in slabe karme, se ponovno oglašam s krajšim prispevkom (missed me much? ;)). Da pa začetek ne bo pretežak – navsezadnje nočemo, da bi si kdo zavoljo nebrzdanega navdušenja nad Sebahudinovim povratkom v medmrežne vode pretegnil kako mišico ali vnel glasilke 😉 – pričnimo z nekoliko lahkotnejšimi temami. Bržčas je večini med vami znano, da se v matjuški Rusiji močno navdušujejo nad takšno in drugačno obliko vadbe za moč. Poleg zdaj že klasičnega entuziazma nad olimpijskimi dvigi in powerliftingom pa se je v zadnjih nekaj letih bojda precej razbohotilo tudi navdušenje nad strongman tekmovanji. Preden nadaljujem začeto misel – ugh, kako ne maram, ko se to zgodi! – nekaj kratkih besed v poduk nevednim:

In the early days of Strongman Training a “Strongman” was described as someone who was an exhibitor of pure strength.  Not unlike an athlete maxing out for a one rep bench max.  Now Strongman Training has evolved into a sport on its own.  A sport of strength athletics.  The beauty of Strongman is that there is, realistically, no set of rules.  No set number of events and not even a universal technique to do each individual event.  Its non-uniformity is also what makes it the best way to train for Functional Strength (that is the strength that transfers to places outside of a weight room, like a football field or wrestling mat) [OMFG, did he just use the F… word?!].  The days of the one rep max are gone and in its place is an endurance factor that when combined with lifting heavy weights results in a dangerously effective training technique and the pinnacle of Functional Strength [Yup, he did it again]. A factor that is ignored in power lifting, body building and other strength based sports. (vir)


Strongman is a weightlifting-based sport where the athletes compete in several events involving different aspects of mental and physical strength, speed and endurance. There is a wide variety of possible event combinations which opens the sport up to all kinds of different athletes. Some competitions are very, very heavy and favor the biggest and strongest athletes. Some competitions are more focused on moving moderately heavy weights for a set distance or a certain number of times within a given time limit. Then there are the well-balanced competitions that require strength, speed, and good physical conditioning to be successful. The thing that makes strongman so accessible is that anyone can train for it. (vir)

Strongman is often incorrectly used to describe a person who does weightlifting or bodybuilding. (vir)

There are a number of events that make up each competition. The events used in each individual contest vary in order to prevent favoring certain types of competitor.

  • Loading Race – Five heavy objects weighing between 220–360 lbs (100-164 kgs) are loaded onto a truck bed or a similar platform over a course of about 50 ft.
  • McGlashen Stones /Atlas Stones – Five heavy round stones increasing in weight from 220–352 lbs (100-160 kgs) are placed on top of high platforms. The course tends to be about 16–33 ft. long and has seen three variations- five stones placed directly in front of platforms, five stones placed away from platforms and competitors carrying them to platforms, and platforms arranged in a straight vertical line with a stone in front of each. In recent competitions this is typically the final event.
  • Truck /Airplane Pull – Vehicles such as transport trucks, trams, boxcars, buses or planes are pulled across a 100 ft course by hand as fast as possible. Also, the vehicles may be pulled with a harness around the shoulders.
  • Overhead Press – The heaviest possible load is pressed overhead, or a lighter weight is used for repetitions.
  • Fingal Fingers – A series of progressively heavier, hinged poles (“fingers”) are lifted starting from a horizontal resting position and flipped over to the other side. The event takes its name from Fingal, a mythological Gaelic hunter-warrior.
  • Power Stairs – A series of three Duck Walk implements ranging from 400–600 lbs (182-273 kgs) are lifted, step by step, to the top of a flight of stairs.
  • Squat – Squatting large weights, like 900 lb (409 kgs) of bricks, a car, or people on a platform. Recently, an apparatus has been used that drops weighted kegs into a cage, one at a time after each successful lift (the event in this case is scored by weight instead of repetitions). The athlete will continue until completion, failure or time expires.
  • Dead Lift – Lifting weights or vehicles up to about 1,100 lb (500 kgs) straight off the ground until knees lock in a standing position. Lift is for either maximum weight, maximum repetitions with a fixed weight, or for time whilst holding a single repetition. In recent years, a similar keg-loaded apparatus to that described above for the squat has been used.
  • Keg Toss – Competitors must throw kegs, of increasing weight, over a 14 ft 6 in (4.42 m) high steel wall.
  • Car Carry – Standing inside a roof-less, bottom-less car supported by a harness, competitors must carry the car for the maximum distance or shortest time for 25 meters.
  • Hercules Hold – The athlete stands between two hinged pillars, gripping handles that prevent the pillars from falling to the side. The pillars are held for the longest possible time.
  • Carry and Drag – Two weights are carried to the end of a set distance. An anchor and chain must then be dragged back the same distance.
  • Farmer’s Walk – Competitors carry heavy objects weighing from 275-375 lbs (125- 170 kgs) in each hand for a set distance, and compete for the fastest time. A variation involves use of a heavy frame with parallel handles.
  • Yoke Walk / Fridge Carry – A yoke, composed of a crossbar and two weighted uprights (normally fridges) weighing about 904 lb is carried across the shoulders for a set distance.
  • Husafell Stone – A flat, somewhat triangular rock weighing around 400 lb (182 kgs) is carried high on the chest for a set distance. During the three years in which the competition took place in Africa, this event was known as the Africa Stone.[19]
  • Duck Walk – A 400 lb (182 kgs) pot with a handle is carried, suspended between the legs, over a set course.
  • Log Throw / Caber Toss – A five meter long log is thrown for distance or for height over a bar.
  • Tug of War – One on one tug of war in a single-elimination tournament.
  • Pole Pushing – One on one pole pushing in a Sumo-style ring in a single-elimination tournament. The pole has handles at either end.
  • Crucifix – Weights are held straight out at each side for as long a time as possible. A common variation entails weights being held out in front, using either one or both hands. (vir)

Tako – sedaj ko smo si ogledali, kaj je to “strongman”, se lahko povrnemo k naši prvotni topiki, tj. Rusiji in njenem navdušenje nad strongman tekmovanji. Pred kratkim sem naletel na spletno stran ruske strongman organizacije Pacific Strong (sem vedel, da mi bo nekoč ruščina prišla prav še za kaj drugega kot le za Puškinovo poezijo :)), katere promo video material me je zavoljo odlične kakovosti, montaže in glasbene spremljave tako navdušil, da sem se odločil, da ga delim z vami (v motivacijske in izobraževalne namene – iskreno: koliko med vami je do zdaj vedelo, kaj točno je strongman? ;)):

1. Video “Be Strong – Pacific Strong” za julijski (vse)ruski strongman dogodek

2. Video “Russia vs Usa 2011” (wOOt!) – Aleksander Lysenko in Aleksander Klušev vs.  Andy Vincent in Travis Ortmayer – dogodek se je zgodil 14. 8. 2011

Za tiste, ki jih zanima: Zmagali so Američani – in to krepko: Ruse so nabrisali v štirih od petih disciplin. (vir)

Čeprav ni moj šport (v smislu, da ga ne treniram), bom v prihodnje nekoliko več pozornosti gotovo posvečal tudi strongman tekmovanjem. Tale prispevek končujem še z mislijo Dina Nicka, ki lepo povzema strongmanovskega duha:

IF YOU TAKE THIS LEG EXTENSION MACHINE, WRAP A CHAIN AROUND IT, AND DRAG IT AROUND THE PARKING LOT, YOU’LL GET A HELL OF A LEG WORKOUT.

Beseda! 😉

Lep dan vam želim,

vaš S.

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  1. ziga pravi:

    Hudo produkcijo ma tale pacificstrong.

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